Statement on legal action over Lower Thames Crossing proposals

1 November 2018

Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "I am pleased that members have supported my motion to explore a judicial review or any other legal action that might be possible against Highways England and their abysmal Lower Thames Crossing proposals.

"The Lower Thames crossing will be a 3-lane motorway, all of which is above ground, tearing through the heart of Thurrock and creating a visible scar on our landscape.

"Thurrock's residents and businesses will endure years of road works and disruption, severely affecting the health, well-being and quality of life for our residents. Then at the end of this work we will be left with poor connectivity to the new crossing with no access from the Orsett Cock roundabout or the eastbound A13 and no direct link between the Port of Tilbury and the proposed crossing.

"Thurrock Council will continue to fight these proposals using every legal means at our disposal and this evening we have shown that councillors are united in their objection to these plans and in their determination to fight against these proposals every step of the way.

"While we explore the legal avenues open to us I would encourage all residents to take part in the public consultation to let Highways England know just what they think of their plans."

Residents can have their say at

The motion – Motion 2 at the meeting of Council on Wednesday 31 October – was seconded by Cllr Peter Smith, Chair of the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force.